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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427401809
  • Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/12/2006
  • Series: COLLEGE GDES
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

When I first got to Ole Miss, my first roommate was nuts, I had no friends to speak of, and all I could think about was going home and how much I missed my friends. I thought I had made the biggest mistake of my entire life. The first year went by, and I found that I had a ton of friends and had begun to love Mississippi. But because I was going into engineering, I thought that I should go somewhere that was more reputable, and I left Ole Miss and went to NC State. I got there and immediately loved the city, but the classes all had over 200 students in them. My teachers didn't know me, and when I had a question, I was too intimidated by them and their snippety ways to ask anything. I realized that engineering was not what I was meant to do. I was meant to be a writer; it was what I truly loved. I found out that if I went back to Ole Miss, I could graduate much faster than I could if I stayed in Raleigh, and Ole Miss actually had a pretty reputable journalism program. Back I went to Mississippi. None of my friends knew I was coming back, and I had decided not to go back to my Greek organization. I thought that I should find new friends outside of the Greek community. I went back and was meeting new people left and right once again. My classes were amazing, the journalism school embraced me, and I was getting involved in many facets of the student media. I was having a great time. One warm fall night, during the first semester I was back, I went out to a concert in the Grove with some friends, when all of a sudden I was tackled to the ground by an enormous hug from one of my former sorority sisters whom I hadn't seen in about a year. She was elated to see me, and she begged me tocome to lunch with her the next day at the sorority house. I agreed, but I was a little skeptical because I didn't want to be sucked back in. I went the next day to the house and sat down to have lunch, and a bunch of new members who had been initiated when I was gone came and sat down. They said, ‘someone told us you were Ricki and we just wanted to meet you, because we have heard so many stories about you.' At that moment, I knew that as long as I was at Ole Miss I would never leave it behind again.Every second I was there for the next three years was incredible. I loved my classes, and I loved my teachers. After I found a major I truly loved, I liked working hard to get where I wanted to be. I began to love learning in my classes, because the words that came out of the teachers' mouths began sounding more like something I would be interested in and less like the teacher on Charlie Brown.I look back on my four years at the University of Mississippi and realize I went where I was supposed to be. Through my sorority and my classes, I met the best friends of my life. I learned more than just about statistics, biology, and how to write a nut graph for journalism. I lived in a city where history happened. I went to a school so rich in history that no class I ever took could have taught me as much as some of the buildings that the classes were held in. When I walked around Oxford, I didn't feel like it was a place that I was having to spend four years—it was, for me, a place that I was blessed to be a part of. Its immense beauty made me a better person and more appreciative of everything I had. I am not going to tell you that every day of school was a joy, that I liked studying for tests, that every meeting that I had to go to for my sorority was fun, or that every roommate I had was the best— because none of these things are true. I had bad roommates. I hate studying for exams. Some days I wanted to skip out on rush practice or on a sorority meeting. But, they are all things that I loved doing, and that allowed me to have the greatest time of my life. I loved Ole Miss and I am sure you will too. I am also very thankful for all the support and help I had from the faculty at Ole Miss and all over Oxford to write this book. I am also thankful to my mother, my English teacher for helping when I needed it, my best friend and copy editor, my sisters, and my boyfriend who supported me when I was tired of researching and writing. Ricki N. Renick
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Table of Contents

By the Numbers 1
Academics 4
Local Atmosphere 10
Safety & Security 16
Computers 21
Facilities 26
Campus Dining 31
Off-Campus Dining 39
Campus Housing 52
Off-Campus Housing 61
Diversity 65
Guys & Girls 70
Athletics 75
Nightlife 81
Greek Life 90
Drug Scene 95
Campus Strictness 100
Parking 103
Transportation 108
Weather 112
Report Card Summary 116
Overall Experience 117
The Inside Scoop 120
Finding a Job or Internship 125
Alumni 127
Student Organizations 131
The Best & Worst 137
Visiting 139
Words to Know 143
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